There are a lot of different ways to get Android content onto your big screen TV. You have the classic Google TV boxes, Miracast, and the HTC Media Link to name a few. However none seem to be pushing the limits like Huawei’s latest offering, the MediaQ M310 Media Player, which is a set top box that will feature a quad core ARM based processor that seen it’s debut at CES 2013.
The M310 is running a forked version of Android which has a customized user interface that will make the operating system easier to use on your television. Also on top of being a set top box the M310 will be capable of mirroring what is on your smartphone or tablet using the“Huawei Multi Screen” function. Additionally since this is not a sanctioned Google TV box it should run most Android apps, not just the ones specifically optimized for the platform.
Here is the full spec list for the M310:
- SoC – HiSilicon K3V2 quad-core Cortex A9 processor with Vivante GC4000 GPU
- System Memory – 1 GB RAM
- Storage – 4 GB flash + microSD slot
- Video I/O – HDMI out and HDMI in
- Audio I/O – 1x SPDIF, 3.5 mm stereo jack and mic (3-in-1)
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
- Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11n & Bluetooth 4.0
- Huawei multi-screen (Pushing, mirroring)
- Content aggregation / Voice Search
Huawei is planning on making the M310 available within the next few months and the asking price will be somewhere between $70 and $80 US.
The company also has plans for a higher end set top box in the works. The M310’s bigger brother will be called the MediaQ M810 which was also shown at CES. This more expensive set top box will see a RAM upgrade to 2GB with a storage bump from 4GB to 8GB. Also on tap for the M810 will be Ethernet connectivity, a DVB digital TV receiver, and a pair of hard disk drive bays. There is no price for the M810 yet and a tentative release date is sometime in Q3 2013.
As someone with an aging Logitech Revue I’m on the lookout for an upgrade and maybe one of these might do the trick. Anyone else thinking about picking one of these up?